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Phuket is the biggest Thai island and is home to nine small cities, each offering quiet beaches to pulsating nightlife destinations. Out of all Phuket beaches, the Patong and Kata beach are the most popular. The island’s diverse culture shows an influence of many ethnic groups. The towns of Dibuk, Thalang Krabi and Rasada showcase an influence of the Sino-Portuguese architecture.
History and culture aficionados should visit the Naka Kerd Mountain's huge marble Buddha, and the Wat Phra Thong housing the Gold Buddha of Thailand. Nature lovers cannot miss visiting the Khao lak-Lam Ru and Khao Phra Thaew national parks, to explore the lush rainforest setting and forested valleys, featuring waterfalls and scenic mangroves.
Lodging choices in southern Phuket, including the Patong, Kata and Karon beach provinces, offer a diverse choice of sophisticated lodgings; from villa rentals to all-inclusive resorts. Phuket is served by the Phuket International Airport (HKT), located less than 20 miles from the city center. Public transport options here are plentiful, with choices of songthaews or local bus transfers, as well as the motorbike taxi transfer.
The north beach provinces in Phuket offer a more laid-back setting, with wide choices of budget lodging. Phuket’s year-round temperate climate is perfect for enjoying sun, sand and surfing. Patong Beach’s vibrant nightlife scene is a must for all party lovers.